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Feb 18, 2014 11:30am EST
administration was particularly tough on russia faulting the putin government for providing cover for assad government while the assad regime unleeched ever crueler weapons on their opponents. opponents in the civil war, what happens now? the syrian conflict has made the area dangerously unstable. the last session of the second round of talks in geneva lasted just 27 minutes, and ended with an apology from united nations mediator, lakhdar brahimi. >> i'm very, very sorry and i apologize to the syrian people that their hopes which were very, very high, that something will happen here. i think that what has been -- the little that has been achieved, in homs, gave them even more hope that maybe, this is the beginning of the coming-out of this horrible crisis they are in. i apologize to them. but on these two rounds we haven't helped them very much. >> secretary of state kerry accused the syrian president of stone walling the passions talks, saying bashar al-assad would water win this on the battle field than come to the negotiating table in good faith. barrel bombs and starvation. >> assad say
Al Jazeera America
Feb 17, 2014 5:00pm EST
back at home. baasecretary of state john kerry called it forism, a term the assad government has reserved for its opponents in simple war? what has happened now? it's made the area dangerousy unstable. the last session of the second round of talks in geneva lasted just 27 minutes and ended with an apology from united nations' mediator l akhda brahimi. >> i apologize to the syrian people who had hopes that were very high that something would happen here. i think the little that has happened has given them more hope, that this is the beginning of coming out of this horrible crisis now. i apologize to them, but on this go rounds we have not had anything happen very much. >> secretary kerry said that bashar al-assad would rather win this on the battlefield rather than coming to the negotiate table in good faith. citing it's assault of the syrian people with barrel bombs and starvation. >> assad himself is a magnate for terrorists. he is the principle magnet in the region for attracting terrorist fighters to the region. he has brought terror against his own people. >> it is the u.s. a
Jan 31, 2014 6:00pm PST
, with little to show. the syrian government rejected opposition demands that president bashar al-assad give up power. the regime also refused to commit to a second round of negotiations. we'll get a full report, and explore what happens next, later in the program. officials in thailand are warning they may close polling stations if violence erupts during sunday's general election. the government is going ahead with the vote, despite protesters' opposition. today, the atmosphere at protest sites in bangkok was festive, and demonstrators tried to drum up support. they've threatened to disrupt the polling, to support calls for a boycott. >> ( translated ): i'm not going to vote on sunday, because if you do that means you accept that this election right. we have been defying this government for long time. we need to finish it this time. >> wooduff: the protesters are demanding the ouster of prime minister yingluck shinawatra. they say she's a puppet of her brother, who was ousted as prime minister in 2006. members of the international olympic committee arrived in sochi, russia today to view the s
FOX News
Feb 2, 2014 7:00am PST
% have been handed over. is this going according to planned? >> it's going to the assad regime's plan. it was predicted right here with you on your show. the syrians use the chemical weapons's agreement to buy time and gain legitimacy. the slow motion process of removing the weapons they declared and i underlined the phrases, we don't know what they had. it's part of the script that takes maximum advantage politically and militarily for the government from the deal last summer. >> secretary of state was on the policy of engagement with criticism. what's gone so wrong? >> speaking of the negotiations in geneva, the syrian delegation under the minster did essentially the same thing that they are doing on the chemical weapons, the snow lotion sfauling game. as of now, the syrian government is doing better militarily and the opposition coalition is engaged in warfare and had lots of casualties between the al qaeda affiliates and the other elements. from the assad government's perspecti perspective, the more this drags out the better. this was entirely predictable. there is had never going
Feb 23, 2014 6:59pm EST
as to be not simply establishing a transitional government that leaves syria to a post assad situation, with as to be a security plan in place. we don't want further chaos, particularly one of the legitimate concerns is there are minority groups that deserve protection. that has to be built into. that is why i personally as much as i support extreme intervention to turn the tide of the war for many of the reasons we have been talking about, but it is not simply enough, not simply a question of launching missile strikes, which i would welcome. there has to be a package deal in place that is partly military and also calls for, you know, respect and protection of minority rights but stabilization plan and a plan for economic reconstruction. in many ways a model that i think it work here, it is not ideal one that is worth considering is the challenges that we are facing in the clinton administration with respect to the balkans. similar situation, massive human startling. three years the world looked away and the necessity of control. there are people here know the story much better than i,
Feb 17, 2014 3:28pm PST
. he called for bashar al assad's ouster, then abandoned that. he called for military intervention and abandoned that, too. abandoning our imperatives is about the only thing that's been consistent. now al qaeda has splintered and radicalized the rebels. the power vacuum left by our confused inaction threatens our security both at home and abroad. >> wow. okay. so you tell us how you really feel. look -- >> this is serious stuff, van. and two years in the making now. >> i disagree with you on just about everything. first of all, i know people like you would love for the president to have just rushed us into another big war. if he had done that he would have been going against the u.n., the uk and the republicans. i'm glad we got a lot of help. we've got tommy vietor, a former spokesperson for the obama council and danielle pletka from the american enterprise institute. welcome to the show. now listen, everybody says we should be dropping bombs over there, arming the rebels, getting ourselves embroiled over there. are you in favor of passing out weapons to people we can't even vet o
Feb 5, 2014 1:00pm PST
assad must go to threatening strikes over the use of chemical weapons to agreeing to stay out of it if syria disarms. now the world watches as death continues in the streets there amid doubts over whether the regime will abide by its bargain. track record over the past year is a matter for discussion, which is why we asked him to sit down with us today. when he's not flying around the world, most of john kerry's days in washington begin like today did. here he is pulling into the state department before dawn. there are meetings with key staff. >> no crises today, right? >> and with heads of state. such as the president of haiti this morning. kerry has been heralded by his new boss, president obama, but this has not been a seamless transition for the former u.s. senator. in 2004, democratic presidential nominee. at times he's seemed to be reading off a different script than the rest of the administration or at least a different public script. last september, for instance, the president announced a plan to strike syria in response to bashar al assad using chemical weapons agains
Feb 26, 2014 9:00am PST
engaged, like any country. it's no different, you know, russia's engaged with assad in syria. russia's engaged in various places around the world. you know, through its diplomacy, trying to meet its interests. we are engaged and have been endangered with ukraine for a long period of time as they have expressed their will to try to sign up for the association agreement with europe and the eastern partnership. that's what they wanted to do. russia then came in and engaged with a $15 billion program and different things. i mean, you know, i don't think we need to sort of go back and forth about who is pushing what set of opportunities for the people of ukraine. the key here is to give the people of ukraine the full space within which to make their decisions about where they want to go. that's what we're trying to do. we're not putting pressure on them. we're not urging something that they haven't themselves expressed as a desire. we are trying to honor their intentions of putting together a democratic pluralistic government that break ace way from this kleptocracy that existed there. an
Feb 11, 2014 10:00pm PST
the regime of bashar al assad, but are now also battling radical islamic factions-- jihadists who want to take over the country. >> we have just crossed from the syrian borders with turkey. the jihadists don't like journalists. they don't like the fsa battalions because they are accusing them of being spies for the west. it's a very dangererous situation right now. >> narrator: muhammad and the rebels are picked up in a car and driven for seven hours through the night. >> the situation is not that good as before. new groups came and they start stealing the revolution. so it is very important for me to tell what's happening on the ground. no western media can get in. >> narrator: he is taken to stay at a rebel base where a battalion has retreated after many of their comrades were killed fighting the jihadists. after losing ground to the jihadists in recent months, more moderate rebels are now coming together to fight back. muhammad is brought to a secret location for a heavily guarded meeting of opposition leaders. >> they were very worrd about the situation, concerned about suicide bom
Al Jazeera America
Feb 1, 2014 10:00pm EST
in syria there are reports the bashar al-assad government is buying oil from groups allied with al qaeda. up until now they were considered bashar al-assad's deadly enemies. i'm joined by mark ginsberg, former ambassador to morocco, he moderated a panel for senate staffers on whether iran could deal in good faith. how far is iran willing to go. we heard foreign ministers say iran will not dismantle heavy sentry fumes for the water reactor that could be used to make plutonium. is give on these issues necessary to reach a documentic solution. >> sure there is. there has to be horse trading, but the parameters of agreement should objective. there shouldn't be trarption for subjective wiggle room. after all, we can count the number of centrifuges the i.a.e.a. can count whether or not a nuclear reactor is iraq is being moth balled or under construction. certainly everybody can counselled to what extent iran is continuing to enrich uranium or, in effect, isolate and neutralize uranium and plutonium. there's a lot of spin going on, particularly at dashos, which is troubling. >> every time there
Feb 17, 2014 6:00am PST
that. stop it, louis. >>> is there a solution for syria? president assad is still in power, and he's still bombing his own people. and president obama is sounding like he's ready to try something new to make it all stop. >>> also this morning, southern discomfort. autoworkers reject the union push that would have been a historic first in tennessee. a look at what drove the opposition and what's next for the labor movement. >>> plus, a look at why presidential good-byes are often the best place to start if you want to understand the chief concerns of america's commanders in chief. >>> good morning from washington. happy presidents' day, or washington's birthday, as the federal government still technically calls it. it's monday, february 17th, 2014. and this is a holiday edition of "the daily rundown." a big show for you, that also includes a "deep dive" in where the democratic party is headed post-obama and perhaps post-hillary. but let's get to my "first reads." although you may not realize it, the problem of syria is taking up more and more of the president's time and energy. on t
Feb 5, 2014 5:30am PST
are urging the syrian president bashir assad to stop delaying the process. 8 weeks behind schedule -- that is the delay. in january, this ship left for cyprus carrying the first load of weapons. the ship should have since returned to syria to transfer the second load. instead, it is stuck in cyprus. >> it has been delayed, and as a result, only 5% has been transferred out of syria and that is because the bashar al-assad regime is making excuses. >> february 5 was a deadline for chemicalall of syria's weapons with the goal to dismantle all production facilities by mid-march and destroy the stockpile by june. the u.s. urged the regime to facilitate the transfers and france is following suit. >> the syrian government is slowing down the process of destroying chemical weapons. bashar al-assad's government must respect its commitments. >> syria's number one ally, russia, blames the delay on security issues but insists they will get rid of the stockpile by march. all of itsys chemical weapons have been destroyed, 10 years after muammar gaddafi sign the chemical weapons convention. it was
Al Jazeera America
Feb 11, 2014 12:30pm EST
of syrians in homes and elsewhere. everybody agrees more pressure needs to be brought to bare on this assad regime to change this deadly equation. so beyond the general statements you made, what additional tangible steps did you discuss in your meetings today to help the moderate opposition to try to change that equation on the ground? and secondly for mr. president [ speaking french ] i'm going to ask it in english. how it is okay for a trade delegation with 100 french ceos to travel to tehran to explore business opportunities when the e-3 have committed to maintaining the strength of the situation. >> let me take a stab first at the syria question. we still have a horrendous situation on the ground in syria. i don't think anybody disputes that, and what is absolutely clear is that with each passing day, more people inside of syria are suffering. the state of syria itself is crumbling. that is bad for syria. it is bad for the region. it is bad for global national security, because what we know is, is that there are extremists who have moved into the vacuum in certain portions of syria in a
Al Jazeera America
Feb 17, 2014 3:00am EST
in fighting the assad forces during the syrian revolution. the statement also says that the decision to sack him was prompted by the effectiveness of -- ineffectiveness of command. as you mentioned he spent most of his time outside syria and is the recognised face of the military struggle. everybody says he represents the moderate face of the fighting force in syria. however, nobody, given him the equipment to succeed - not the u.s., britain nor the world. this is one of the demerits against him by his fellow fighters inside syria, that he failed to give them promised weapons. >> something else i want to ask you about, i'll bring the viewers up to speed first, to do with the u.s. secretary of state john kerry, who urged russia to stop supplying arms. he said this in indonesia, blamed bashar al-assad for the peace talks in geneva. we'll read you a quote. >> it drops barrel bombs. i regret to say they are doing so with increased support. russia needs to be part of the sol use, and so many more weapons. so if they enabled it to double down. how do you think it will be received. it's not a new p
Feb 4, 2014 5:30am PST
ground and on the offensive. shows strength and eight damascus suburb. --porters of president assad the pictures are shown over and over on syrian state television. is protecting us, freeing us from terrorists. >> the national army is regaining ground three years up to the country's crisis began. the air force bombarded aleppo over the weekend. tanks thought to take control in the east of the city where rebel fighters a been in control since july 2012. >> bishara al-assad's army is one of the most powerful in the middle east. it has dozens of conflict with israel behind us. we have drawn by experience. >> the syrian army is under the erect control of a thought in the defense ministry. in -- is under the direct the defensessad and ministry. the russians supply damascus with weapons and equipment. >> there are thousands of tanks, plenty of fertility -- artillery, and gunships. the equipment is there and in working order. the're putting supplies on official or black market for spare parts, so the hardware is there. and the troops, two, and the motivation. >> syrian men are joining the
Feb 5, 2014 2:30pm PST
time the assad regime failed to meet a deadline for destroying chemical weapons. >> it's almost six months and these pictures shocked the world. claims that syria used chemical weapons on its own people led to a deal to get rid of its chemical arsenal, but now the americans think president assad is struggling. >> our concern is the syrians are dragging their feet. they are not moving fast enough. they have missed an important target date in february to have all chemical weapons out of syria. >> under the deal you in inspectors visited syria, catalogued its toxic armory. danish and norwegian ships are supposed to transfer the remaining chemical stockpile out of syria and especially adapted u.s. naval vessels will destroy them at sea. it is the removal that has been slow. the amount of material due to be transported out of syria is 1300 tons. according to the u.s., as of last week less than five percent had been removed. at that rate they will not finish this year. disarmament,ze the say the russians. russia is one of mr. assad's main allies in the key player in the negotiations. it h
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Feb 19, 2014 12:00pm PST
worth putting u.s. boots on the ground. he also accused the syrian dictator, bashar al assad, of stonewalling peace talks. secretary kerry called for russia, one of president assad's biggest allies to push the syrian leader to negotiate with the rebels. a watchdog group estimates, get this, 136,000 people have died in the three-year-long civil war. and american officials warn president assad is now gaining the upper hand. move over, show you where syria is, the heart of it all, the reason there is such a problem where it is located in the middle east, neighbors iraq, lebanon and our al like of course, israel. ed henry is live at the white house with what is another in a series of difficult situations in the white house. ed? >> reporter: as youly that out on that map, why you've got strategic national security interests for the united states and why nearly two years ago, the president said at a news conference here at the white house that there's this red line for him, that if assad were to use chemical weapons, woe cross a red line and more importantly, the u.s. would make su
Feb 4, 2014 6:00am PST
the nation to make his case for air strikes on the assad regime to keep chemical weapons from being launched amidst a civil war. >> this is not a world we should accept. this is what's at stake. and that is why after careful deliberation, i determined that it is in the national security interest of the united states to respond to the assad regime's use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike. >> the strike never happened. the president said he wanted congressional authorization. it became clear that neither congress nor the public was on board with another military operation in the military east. and just days later, a last-minute deal was brokered by secretary of state kerry and his russian counterpart that seemed to give the white house an out. an agreement that forced assad to give up his chemical weapons that he had been using to attack civilians. the deadline to hand over the first shipment of weapons was december 31st. five weeks later, assad still hasn't complied. russia said syria will step up its shipment of chemical stockpiles but the u.s. says the syrian government
Feb 18, 2014 6:00am PST
assad to double down, which is creating an enormous problem. >> kerry's criticism echoes a sharper tone from the president and white house advisers after russia signaled last week it would veto a draft u.n. security council resolution, which demands its civilians be allowed to leave areas in syria under siege. now they call on assad to allow humanitarian access. raise the prospect of new economic and military sanctions if the resolution's demands aren't met. >> russia is a hold out. they cannot say that they are concerned about the well-being of the syrian people when they are starving civilians and that it is not just the syrians that are responsible. the russians as well, if they are blocking this kind of resolution. >> so, you see what the administration is doing right now. this tone marks yet another low point in the u.s./russia partnership, if you want to call it that, on syria, which has consistently eroded since last may when kerry flew to moscow and announced an international conference on ending the conflict. wall street journal is reporting that plans range from trying to equi
Feb 10, 2014 12:30pm EST
their influence in syria to defend the assad regime even as it slaughters, continues to slaughter its own people. how to you characterize prime minister maliki's relationship with iran? >> let me say a couple words about iran's nefarious role in iraq. just like al-qaeda has exploited the grievances of the sunni community iran is exploiting the fearses and apprehensions of the shia community as they are attacked by al-qaeda extremists. so it's a vicious cycle that iran very much takes advantage of it, and the most extreme elements of that. and maliki, and we discuss this with him all the time, tries to balance all these many pressures that come at baghdad from the region and from internal space. he is under great pressure from his constituency particularly among the shia who continue to get attacked by these extremist groups. but so far we have seen the iraqi government resist the iranian efforts to have a direct security role in iraq. iran still, we believe, controls certain militia groups in iraq, although their activities are not nearly to level they were four or five years ago. >> so they've
Al Jazeera America
Feb 11, 2014 10:00pm EST
than assad's regime. >> f.b.i. agents teaming up. >> two dozen arrests. >> they brought down accused mob leaders on both sides of the atlantic. >> millions of egyptians came to the streets. >> people are gathering in the largest demonstrations against president mubarak. >> this did he have's any definitions. >> we begin with a passionate cry for help for the syrian people and remarkable pictures from the heart of the con applicant between the moderate opposition and one of the countries most radical groups. while peace talks weren't nowhere tuesday, "the new york times" published an opinion peace entitled use force to save starving syrians. the authors call for just that, writing: >> for more, i'm joined by co author of that opinion piece in the times. he's associate professor and director of the center for middle east studies at the joseph korbel studies in denver. >> you write that 800,000 people are under siege in syria. another article quotes a dutch priest saying people are going mad from hunger. just how bad have things gotten for innocent syrians? >> it's gotten bad and gettin
Al Jazeera America
Feb 12, 2014 1:00am EST
of these atrocities, we have now starvation sieges taking place. and, of course, the key culprit is the assad regime, who implemented as we state in the piece in the "new york times," a nil or starved policy. that will continue until the international community decides to do something about it. >> what do you want the u.s. and the international community to do? >> well, i think to use all the normal mechanisms available to the international community to get the u.n. security council to pass a resolution to send a clear message to the assad regime that unless it lifts the sieges in allows humanitarian access, the community is prepared to use coercive measures. the key obstacle, this is not a new argument, it's been debated for several months, and russia consistently blocked and threatened to veto action that involves coresive measures. we take it further. given the view of immense humanitarian suffering in syria, if russia vetoes ner revolution, we need to invoke the responsibility to protect the coalition of willing countries, they need to step in and put an end to the nightmare we have been watchin
Feb 14, 2014 1:00pm PST
a little leadership around it. otherwise, as you say, alex, it is just a long, slow grind. i think assad is eventually going to go. syria may fragment in the process. >> part of political leadership comes from pressure from the public. nick burns in the same piece asks when we're going to have our moment. where we realize as the international community this cannot stand anymore. i think we thought that happened during the red line talk. apparently, it hasn't given where we are today. do you think we're moving towards that moment of realization? >> i think we may be moving there. we have to recognize first of all that this is not a classic war where two sides shoot at combatants. assad's idea is to make life as miserable as possible and killing as many civilians as possible, torturing children, and depriving millions of people from humanitarian aid. obama has tried to pretend to be doing something about this. he got the chemical weapons to stop, but those were responsible for fewer than 2% of the deaths so far. the geneva peace talks are going no place. what there is a need to do is to pu
Al Jazeera America
Feb 17, 2014 6:00am EST
to the regime and saying he did not come to the negotiating table in good faith. >> assad wants to talk about terrorism and assad is a back end for terrorists and the principal back end of the region for attacking people to syria. moreover assad is engaging in state-sanctioned terror against his own people. >> reporter: key sticking points were a transition governing body and terrorism, a term often used by the government to describe rebel activity. on sunday hezbollah leaders called on them to stop fighting in syria and said if they left them alone his group would withdraw. this is the break down in the second round of talks is mr. brooks in los angeles this morning and mr. brooks thanks for joining us and they called them out for lack of movement of talks and should agree that the obstruction has made progress tougher and my question to you, with russia continuing to prop up the assad regime do kerry's words fall on deaf ears in damascus? >> there is no question it fell on deaf ears. if we look at this objectively the assad regime is in a good position with strong support from russia and i
Feb 7, 2014 4:00pm EST
that iran sends to hezbollah for their influenced area to the assad regime either not very continues to slaughter his own people. how do you characterize prime minister maliki's relationship with iran? >> let me say a couple words about iran's nefarious role in iraq. just like al qaeda has exploited the grievances of the sunni community, it ran is exploiting the fears and apprehensions of the shia community as they are attacked by these al qaeda extremists. so is a vicious cycle that arendt very much takes advantage of and the most extreme elements of that regime in the cards for us. maliki, and we discussed this with him all the time tries to balance all these pressures that, baghdad from the region and from internal. he is under great pressure from his constituency, particularly among the shia who get attacked by extremist groups. but so far we've seen the iraqi government resists. the rainy after it has a direct role. we believe that controls troops in iraq and activities are not nearly the level they were four or five years ago. >> they've resisted arantxa bradford for a more sig
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Feb 23, 2014 11:00am PST
and also with arming the assad regime. in addition to that, thinking about the reports of their violatio violations. the reset policy has failed. time to reset the reset. kree yan presents an opportunity for the president to do that with clear american leadership for a good outcome. >> let me follow up on that. because president obama this week warned all the parties in ukraine not to step over the line, which reminded a lot of people of a comment he made, a warning he gave to syria's president assad back in 2012. let's look at both of those comments. >> we'll be monitoring very carefully the situation, recognizing that along with our european partners and the international community, there will be consequences if people step over the line. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. >> senator durbin, this week the president said that this is not a cold war chess war between us and the russians and it's not a zero sum game. but there are a lot of people, a lot of experts, who say that's exactly the way vladimir putin is play
Feb 11, 2014 9:30am PST
the olympics as kind of cloud cover to remove the global attention on the chemical weapons deal. so assad is really gaming this. and i think it's going to be hard for the united states to automatically bring everybody back into a marshall position to try to compel syria to go a different thing. it's a real mess. and one can hope through diplomacy and maybe ships coming online and i don't think obama has any kind of appetite for coming back and pretending we might go to war again with syria. >> while you are talking, this is a live look inside the east room where president obama and president hollande are holding the joint news conference. steve, this is a rare sight for a lot of folks. we're talking about a state dinner here. i did not realize until this morning that state dinners for this administration have been fairly rare, no? >> well, this is the sixth one. i've got the privilege of going tonight so i'll be there. in some cases the united states has been some sort of a bind recently in state dinners. the president of brazil rejected hers and a lot of european countries are upset with
Al Jazeera America
Feb 17, 2014 11:00am EST
al-assad of stalling peace talks. in a press conference in indonesia kerry calls on russia to push syria to negotiate with opposition leaders. he said assad's team has refused to talk about a transition government that would replace the regime. >> bashar al-assad is not engaged in the discussions along the promised and required standard that russia both spoke up for and the regime spoke up for, that they would come to geneva and accept the agenda of negotiations. >> the supreme leader of iran is not optimistic about nuclear talks in yemen tomorrow. last november tehran agreed to suspend parts of its nuclear enrichment operations for six months. many suspect iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons and iran said its nuclear program is entirely for civilian purposes. >>> an ethiopian pilot hijacked a plane to geneva where he said he wanted asylum. they were headed to rome but the pilot diverted the plane. >> the drama started over italy, and two fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the plane. the fear was that this was a full-scale armed hijacking. at this stage the passengers
Al Jazeera America
Feb 17, 2014 2:00pm EST
john kerry accused bashar al-assad of stalling peace talks. at a news conference, he said assad's team has refused to talk about a transitional government that would replace the regime. >> it is very clear that bashar al-assad is continuing to try to win this in the battle field rather than to come to the negotiating table. >> kerry continues his trip through asia. he'll fly next to the united arab 'e emirates. >>> ayatollah khomeini, says, the u.s. and other countries some iran.seeking to develop nucialtion weapons. iran says it's strictly for civilian purposes. >>> an ethiopian co-pilot hijacked his plane to geneva, flight carrying 202 people was headed to rome with a co-pilot diverting the plane. al jazeera's tim friend reports. >> the drama started over italy and two fighters jets were scrambled to accompany the plain plane. the fear was it was a full scale hijacking. the plane eventually touched down in geneva at 6:00 in the morning local time. the co-pilot said he'd sought asylum for fear of% accuse in ethiopia. he waited for the pilot to go to the toilet before locking himself i
Feb 27, 2014 3:59pm PST
of the world? >> we say assad needs to leave but russia has everything possible to keep him in. three years in, 150,000 syrians dead, assad is still there. i see no way that the u.s. and europeans are willing to put enough cash, enough muscle in place to challenge that. russians know it. it is purely a question of how long it goes. if crimea ends up seceding which is a bad outcome for the ukrainian because it probably leads to sanctions and it breaks up the ability of the imf to support. the ukrainians are the ones will get hurt, not the western europeans. europeans could have actually offered a deal that janik ovitz could've accepted. janik ovitz actually wanted a deal that wasn't just being ukraine into the customs union, he actually wanted to 20 european custom union as well but the european focused much more on their own backyard like greece and spain and they drove too hard a bargain for the ukrainians under massive pressure. thank you very much for joining us. world, the the captain of the coast at concordia cruiseship has returned to the vessel. the visit was part of a court ordered ins
Al Jazeera America
Feb 17, 2014 6:00pm EST
to pressure bashar al-assad. u.s. military involved, secretary of state john kerry disagrees. >> we still believe there is no military solution with respect to syria. there has to be a political resolution. but right now, ther bashar al-ad has not engaged in the discussions along the promised and required standard, that both russia spoke up for, and the regime spoke up for that they would come to geerch and accept the -- geneva and accept the geneva 1 communique as basis for the negotiations. they have refused to open up one moment of discussion legitimately about a transition government. >> the divided conflict continues on the ground in syria. the head of the free syrian army was fired on monday. let's do this. we have professor joshua landis, he is the professor of the middle eastern studies. >>> thank you for having me. >> is senator mccain correct here, is the next option, next viable option, some kind of u.s. military action? >> well, there's certainly going to be a military option. that is being moved forward and we have seen a number of statements. saudi arabia have promised much
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Feb 16, 2014 10:00am PST
their support of syrian president bashar al assad is under scrutiny from the white house and senator john mccain who is calling u.s. policy in syria a quote abysmal failure. gl while we talk about the removal of chemical weapons it has turned into a regional conflict and the weapons flow in from russia and the training from iran and all of it is evolved into the situation that we are in today. >> president obama once announced that a red line for us military action in syria would be assad's use of chemical weapons on his own people but he has ruled out direct american military involvement promising to work towards humanitarian resolutions for the civilians. the civilians got an apology. >> i am very, very sorry. i aapologize to the syrian people that their hopes which were very, very high that something would happen here. >> and talking about the unsuccessful peace talks in switzerland secretary of state john kerry says the assad regime was not cooperating. and while it stalled in geneva the regime intensified its barbaric assault on civilian population with barrel bombs and starvation. it h
FOX News
Feb 19, 2014 11:00am PST
a red line on chemical wes and calling for president assad to resign. right now president obama is asking top advisers to once again review his options. critics are blaming a lack of leadership for this continuing crisis. ed henry live at the white house for us. ed, is the red line threatening the white house. >> their defense, there are no easy solutions here with this crisis in syria, civil war that's gone on for three years now. you're right. they are under pressure and have for some time. it's been year since they drew the red line and said if assad uses chemical weapons, there would be enormous consequences from the u.s., from the west. he did threaten after those chemical weapons were used last year, the president did walk up to the line of u.s. force, pull back in part because there was an agreement from the syrian dictator he would turn over his chemical weapons. as we all know now, they have not turned over chemical weapons and continued killing their own people with conventional weapons, something i pressed jay carney about. >> turns out assad is not? >> you're conflat
FOX News
Feb 19, 2014 3:00pm PST
al assad using chemical weapons. after he did use chemical weapons, the white house threatened military actions but pulled back after assad agreed to turn them over. >> you're conflating two things. >> you said he was turning them over, but he's not. >> well, first of all, there was no question that the assad regime has blown some deadlines. >> washington post columnist richard cohen mocked the president's advisers for studying options again, writing, quote, he can make all the speeches he wants, but his confusion and indecision are what other leaders notice and what history will remember. now, so very late, he's asked for options. here's one. do something. >> jay carney sharply defended the president by saying there are no easy options, particularly no military solution. they believe there needs to be a political solution to make sure a post-assad syria does not devolve into more chaos. >> ed, thank you. >>> in sochi, home of the winter olympics for the second time in two days, a russian punk group is in the news. six members of the group pussy riot were assaulted by militia u
Feb 15, 2014 12:00am EST
the assad regime. permitting uprising and unhappiness in the arab countries. hanging people they do not like for being gay or insulting god. there is this feeling, and a lot of intelligence people including those in israel, are saying there's a more moderate faction. there is actual tension. it is not just a show. >> you mentioned syria a moment ago. the u.s. has not gone as heavy as they might want to on syria. is that related to iran? >> the theory is president obama has decided the most important issue is the iran nuclear issue. get iran into some sort of compliance where they not a nuclear threshold state. maybe the rest will follow. if you upset the apple cart by making demands about sponsorship of terrorism or engagement in iraq, you are going to ruin whatever chance you have of getting a deal on the most important thing. the president has said this is the issue. for him, there are only two main national security issues in the middle east. the first is keeping al qaeda on its back foot. the second is preventing iran from reaching the nuclear threshold. this is the best spin i can give
Feb 13, 2014 2:00am EST
citizens about the mass ro atrocities that the assad regime is perpetrating in syria. when the images and horrors of this conflict occasionally show up on our television screens, impulse of many americans is to change the channel, but we must not look away. we must not avert our eyes from the suffering of the syrian people. for if we do, we ignore, we sacrifice that which is most precious in ourselves, our ability to empathize with the suffering of others, to share it, to acknowledge through our own sense of revulsion that what is happening in syria today is a stain on our collective conscience of moral peoples every there. i appeal to my colleagues today not to look away from the images i will show you, and i want to warn all who are watching, these are graphic and disturbing pictures but they're the real face of war and human suffering in syria today. a war that our nation has the power to help end but which we are failing to do. these images are drawn from a cache of more than 55,000 photographs that were taken between march, 2011 and august, 2013, by a syrian military policeman wh
Feb 11, 2014 2:30pm PST
way it could and is if russia recognizes that in its own interest, not to keep supporting the assad regime. >> you see no indication the calculation is starting to be made in moscow. you only look at the geneva conference and the public debate around the issue, you will not see much help. the fact that russia has agreed for the conference to be held in the first place is a sign that there is likelihood that the situation will change in the future. the political steps seem to be incremental at best. the united nations, we have russia blocking humanitarian access in the country. what, from your point of view, is going to be the thing that pushes this conflict in some ?irection or another echo we needve to trust that to work on short-term and small and work to achieving bigger names. stepse to start with baby and eventually hope to reach a resolution in the future. for example, having cease-fires in place. the larger debates about transition and one big step that should happen is the attaching assad himself from the regime. meaning, i don't see why russia would not accept the scenario
Feb 27, 2014 10:00am EST
by the atrocities of the assad regime, more than 130,000 innocent people have lost their lives during a three-year civil war. we're witnessing one of the greatest humanitarian crises since world war ii, and it can be stopped. it can be stopped. last summer my armed services colleague, senator angus king of maine, and i visited turkey and jordan to explore the dimension of the refugee crisis. we visited refugee camps, talked with government leaders and n.g.o. about the damaged lives and the stressed communities that result from this unprecedented displacement of syrians. last week the senator from maine and i visited lebanon to see the scale of the syrian crisis in that country. in a country of only slightly more than four million people, there are already over one million syrian refugees have fled into lebanon in the last three years. one in four. think of the scale of that refugee crisis if we were to receive in the united states war refugees at that scale it would be 75 million to 80 million people, nearly one in four. in lebanon last week we met with government leaders, n.g.o.'s and the hi
Feb 18, 2014 3:00am PST
of the solution and not be contributing so many more weapons and so much more aid that they're enabling assad to double down. >> russia is leveling the same charge right back. inside many areas of syria, the most extreme militants now hold sway. cnn's found evidence of mass graves. one man identified his brother by the children's socks he'd gone to buy when he disappeared. a nighttime execution caught on tape. the obama administration largely dependent on the geneva talks is left looking for new policy options. >> we need an america america that leads and work to defend the moderates over the extreme iss. >> so far it has rejected moves ranging from arming and training remember ls to -- rebels to air strike sgrs people think you simply don't care. because so many others are willing to put lives at risk, they're going to be the ones who determine the outcome of the battles that unfold in syria. >> administration officials tell us one option the u.s. is pushing for now is a new u.n. security council resolution condemning the atroscys. that resolution is unlikely to include the threat of sanctio
Al Jazeera America
Feb 16, 2014 8:00pm EST
. >> unlike the ball caps, there's no leadership or government structure to take the place of bashar al-assad's regime. >> this has to be addressed more seriously than it has been. >> as a u.s. diplomat christopher hill was involved in the peace negotiations. he heads the denver school of international studies. he believes lessons can be ascribed to syria. >> the international community came together. >> the only way forward to resolution is creating a future government that is it acceptable to syria's sectarian groups. >> what has to happen is more of an effort of identifying what is syria going to look like in the future. will it have a prime minister, a ceremonial president, a strong president. there are a lot of questions, and i think until those are answered, it's hard to foresee an effort by a country like the u.s. to be militarily involved. >> that is not happening. assad wants the community to rid his country of terrorists. the opposition demands that assad go. so far the talks are resolved little. >> the minister of foreign affairs believed action was necessary in syria, but he told
Feb 7, 2014 8:30pm PST
to stand still. it is time for the assad government to stop its foot dragging establish a transportation plan and stick to it. city council cents to settle for sanctions if the syrian camp and fails to destroy all its chemical weapons and materials by the end of june deadline. authorities have shown that it intended to combat the trinkets funding violence in central africa they destroyed a stock bond and confiscated periphery that the fancier full time the fan fan fan. officials learned of the kurds and the print skirts sitcoms ornaments into a question and contraband was proof estimated one point four million dollars the goal of this operation is to show for it trafficking is a criminal offence which is being cracked down on you if you buy even a small amount of time for rio or suspected cases of by three of us he concocted the traffic. it's a little corpse in the center of the cupcake and using money from the other three trains to find the foundations. it's the descent into trying to restore order and the cord to download my free pass the americans fountain was stunned by the employees
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